Harrison Bader was named SEC Player of the Week after hitting .583 over the weekend, going 7-12 at the plate with three home runs, two doubles, five runs scored and 11 RBI. The junior posted a 1.500 slugging percentage and a .643 on-base percentage, adding a stolen base with one walk and one hit by a pitch.
Pete Alonso was expected to be the cleanup hitter for No. 2 Florida coming into the year, but he broke his foot in practice last week and will miss the first 6-8 weeks of the season. That forced Bader into the cleanup spot, and he took advantage over the weekend.
Florida spent Rhode Island by a combined score of 37-5. The Gators host Florida A&M on Tuesday before traveling to USF on Wednesday. Florida then hosts No. 14 Miami over the weekend, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.